Diamond Head (album)

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Diamond Head
Phil Manzanera - Diamond Head - 1975.jpg
Studio album by Phil Manzanera
Released April, 1975
Recorded December 1974-January 1975; Island Studios, London
Genre Art Rock
Length 42:28
Label Island, Atco, Polydor, E.G.
Producer Phil Manzanera
Phil Manzanera chronology
Diamond Head

Diamond Head is the first studio album by the rock artist Phil Manzanera. It was released in 1975, originally on Island Records in the UK (who was handling all E.G. recordings) and in the US on Atco Records. The sound quality on the US album was deemed to be worse than the UK album, so the UK import became a popular seller in the speciality record shops who sold Roxy Music and other UK bands.

Unlike other solo albums issued by an instrumental member of an existing band (Manzanera was Roxy Music's lead guitarist), Diamond Head featured a number of vocal songs performed by guest musicians.

Metal band Diamond Head took their name from the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Phil Manzanera, except where noted.

  1. "Frontera" sung in Spanish by Robert Wyatt (Manzanera, MacCormick, Wyatt)
  2. "Diamond Head" (instrumental)
  3. "Big Day" sung by Brian Eno (Manzanera, Eno)
  4. "The Flex" (instrumental)
  5. "Same Time Next Week" sung by John Wetton and Doreen Chanter (Manzanera, Wetton)
  6. "Miss Shapiro" sung by Brian Eno (Manzanera, Eno)
  7. "East of Echo" (instrumental, performed by Manzanera's earlier group Quiet Sun)
  8. "Lagrima" (instrumental)
  9. "Alma" sung by Bill MacCormick (Manzanera, MacCormick)

bonus track on remastered CD and deluxe edition CD: 10 "Carhumba" (instrumental - originally issued as the B-side to "Flight 19")

bonus track on deluxe edition CD: 11 "Corazon Y Alma" (originally issued on the "Rare One" CD)


  • Phil Manzanera — electric 6 and 12 string guitars, tiple, acoustic guitar, synthesized guitar, bass, string synthesizer, organ, piano, vocals
  • Robert Wyatt — vocals, timbales, cabasa, background vocals
  • Brian Eno — vocals, treatments, rhythm guitar, piano, percussion
  • Eddie Jobson — strings, fender piano, electric clavinet, synthesizer
  • Dave Jarrett - keyboards
  • Andy Mackay — soprano and alto saxophone, oboe
  • Ian MacDonald — bagpipes
  • John Wetton — bass, vocals, mellotron
  • Bill MacCormick — bass, vocals
  • Brian Turrington — bass
  • Paul Thompson — drums
  • Danny Heibs - percussion
  • Chyke Madu - percussion
  • Sonny Akpan - congas, percussion, bongos, big gong, maracas
  • Charles Hayward - percussion
  • Doreen Chanter - vocals
  • Rhett Davies - engineer
  • Robert Ash - asststant engineer
  • Jon Prew - photography